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Letter to President Bush Urges Leadership on Millenium Development Goals

Cambridge, Mass - 09/22/2008

PHR joins other NGOs in urging President Bush to assert bold and thoughtful leadership when nations convene at the UN in September 2008, to chart a course to accelerate action on the Millenium Development Goals. The MDGs promote poverty reduction, education, maternal health, gender equality, and aim at combating child mortality, AIDS and other diseases, but without "urgent and concerted action” by all nations, the MDGs will not be achieved by the target date of 2015.

The NGOs urge Pres. Bush to give special consideration to the steps that are yet to be taken within the United States and globally to save the lives of millions of women who die needlessly in pregnancy and childbirth each decade, almost always for lack of the amount and quality of care taken for granted by all but the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. An important contributing factor in that lack of care is the dearth of trained and available health workers such as professional midwives. The NGOs further request that Pres. Bush represent these concerns and raise the appeal that all nations move from pledges and promises to decisions and actions which will sustain tangible results.

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is an independent organization that uses medicine and science to stop mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. We are supported by the expertise and passion of health professionals and concerned citizens alike.

Since 1986, PHR has conducted investigations in more than 40 countries around the world, including Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sudan, the United States, the former Yugoslavia, and Zimbabwe.

  • 1986 — Led investigations of torture in Chile gaining freedom for heroic doctors there
  • 1988 — First to document the Iraqi use of chemical weapons on Kurds providing               evidence for prosecution of war criminals
  • 1996 — Exhumed mass graves in the Balkans and Rwanda to provide evidence for               International Criminal Tribunals
  • 1997 — Shared the Nobel Peace Prize for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines
  • 2003 — Warned US Policymakers on health and human rights conditions prior to and               during the invasion of Iraq
  • 2004 — Documented genocide and sexual violence in Darfur in support of international               prosecutions
  • 2010 — Investigated the epidemic of violence spread by Burma’s military junta
  • 2011 — Championed the principle of noninterference with medical services in times of               armed conflict and civil unrest during the Arab Spring
  • 2012 — Trained doctors, lawyers, police, and judges in the Democratic Republic of the               Congo, Kenya, and Syria on the proper collection of evidence in sexual               violence cases
  • 2013 — Won first prize in the Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention with MediCapt, our               mobile app that documents evidence of torture and sexual violence

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